|These pots share the colours of sea, sand and sky. The pot on the left was from the second crystalline glaze firing, the pot on the right is from the third firing.|
|A trace of cobalt in this glaze concentrates itself in the crystals that grow over the course of the firing. Porcelain with crystalline glaze, height 9 3/8 inches (235mm).|
|This vase is a lovely sandy colour with pale pink edges to the crystals, almost like they have been outlined in pastel or chalk. Vase, height 8 1/8 inches (205mm)|
|The crystals are thin rods that fan out around something that irritates them. You can see this process quite clearly in the glaze on this pot.|
|Porcelain tear drop shaped bottle, height 10 inches (254mm)|
|Almost white glaze with crystals that are outlined in pink.|
|This shows the second and third firing.|
|This shows the fourth firing|
Crystalline glaze firings are an odd mixture of art, guesswork, and science. There is also an alarming failure rate. It is not unusual to only get one or two good pots out of a kiln load of 5 or 6. I have two large pots and one small one in the fourth firing, and I am hoping... and hoping, that at least one will be good! The tallest of the pots came within an inch of the lid of the kiln when it was packed, I am hoping that the natural shrinkage of the clay as the pot vitrified will have given it a safer clearance. I will find out tomorrow morning when I lift the kiln lid!
On Saturday 6 April (which is almost upon us!) we will be having a craft table at the Waikouaiti Food Festival. This ambitious gastronomic event is going to be held at the racecourse, from 10am until 4pm. The festival is a fund raiser for the local museum. This institution has recently been re-branded with the more "sexy" appellation, "Waikouaiti Coast Heritage Centre". Four celebrity chefs will be demonstrating, there will be food, wine, and beer tasting, there will be live entertainment... and so on.., and my lovely Laura will be in attendance with a table full of my pots. It should be a really fun day, do come along!
Also on Saturday, is the opening of the exhibition at Pottery-on-Tyne in Oamaru, at 7pm. Somehow we plan to be there too, and I look forward to meeting up with the other potters at the club. All going well there will be strong coffee on tap in addition to the usual fuel of openings!
Must go and help Laura pack for the Saturday craft table.